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Business conversions to employee ownership

One of the key points to consider in any conversion is if the original owner wishes to stay with the business or leave after selling to their employees. Below, we’ve curated case studies from employee ownership transitions from across the nation — both from our work and the work of others. Discover employee-owned businesses in your industry, explore our map by region and gain insight on best practices.

Case studies: Owner-Retires or Owner-Stays


Interviews & stories

Toto’s Story

I’m Toto. I started working at Niles Pie in May 2015. I was hired to work at the farmers’ markets after my contract was over as a data analyst for the IRS. Now that I’m an owner, I’m looking at the job and business from a very different perspective. Read full story >>

Ren’s Story

I thought it was going to be really difficult to establish employee ownership, but Hilary and Patty really taught us so much through the whole process. They broke it down and showed us that it was up to us to decide what guidelines would work for us. Read full story >>

Prospera: Lupita’s Story

Lupita and her husband arrived in the US as newlyweds with the hope of a better life and dreams of building a home for their young family. Lupita began working at an orange packing facility, but the earnings were not stable and she wasn’t able to support her family. Read full story >>

Explore by region

Big Timberworks

Bozeman, Montana
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Centerpoint Counseling

Viroqua, Wisconsin
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Island Employee Cooperative

Deer Isle, Stonington, Maine
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New Era Windows

Collective Copies

Northampton, Massachusetts
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Real Pickles

Namaste Solar

Boulder, CO with additional regional locations in NY, CA and CO
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Niles Pie

A Slice of New York

San Jose, CA with a 2nd location in Sunnyvale, CA
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Select Machine

Pattycake Bakery

Columbus, OH
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A Yard and a Half Landscaping

Belmont, MA
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New School of Montpelier

Montpelier, VT
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The Cheeseboard Collective

Berkeley, CA
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Oakland, CA
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California Solar

Grass Valley, CA
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Arbor Assays

Ann Arbor, MI
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